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NBC Owns Sunday Night Ratings With NFL Coverage; ABC’s ‘Pan Am’ Continues Its Descent

Oct 17, 2011  •  Post A Comment

NBC continued to dominate the Sunday night ratings with its football coverage, while ABC’s freshman drama “Pan Am” appears less likely than ever to get off the ground, TVbytheNumbers.com reports.

NBC’s coverage of the blowout win by the Chicago Bears over the Minnesota Vikings helped the network secure a 4.8 average rating for prime time in adults 18-49, with the usual adjustments expected due to the nature of live sports programming. Not far behind was Fox with a 4.4 average rating, followed by CBS (2.2 average) and ABC (2.0).

Total viewers saw a close three-way race, with NBC on top with 12.3 million, followed by Fox with 11.6 million and CBS with 10.2 million. ABC trailed with 6.9 million.

At 7 p.m. the NFL overrun on Fox and "The O.T." combined for an average of 6.7 in the 18-49 demographic, while NBC’s "Football Night in America" pregame had a 2.4 in the same demo. CBS’s "60 Minutes" had a 1.9 and ABC’s "America’s Funniest Home Videos" had a 1.5.

At 8 p.m. "Football Night in America" on NBC had a 4.6 in 18-49 for the top of the hour with the game kicking off at 8:30 with a 6.0. The first hour of Fox’s "The X Factor" had a 3.4 in the 18-49 demo, ahead of CBS’s "The Amazing Race" with a 2.5 and ABC’s "Extreme Makeover" with a 1.9.

The football game rose to a 6.1 in the 18-49 demo in the 9 p.m. hour, while hour two of "The X Factor" had a 3.3. ABC’s "Desperate Housewives" beat CBS’s "The Good Wife," 2.7 to 2.1.

At 10 p.m. the last hour of the game had a 5.3 in the 18-49 demographic, while CBS’s "CSI: Miami" had a 2.4 and ABC’s "Pan Am" slipped a tenth of a point to a 1.8.

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